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Top 10 Affordable Surf Camps in Latin America

by Octavia Drughi

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Most of Latin America’s lush coastlines are blessed with year-round sunshine, warm water, balmy climate, and some of the world’s best waves.

While some destinations already have long-standing popularity among surfers, others are just beginning to gain the recognition they deserve. This means that, whatever you’re looking for, whether it is lively beach resorts with quality surf and a vibrant nightlife, or a tucked away tropical paradise away from all the noise, you’re bound to find it in Central and South America.

Even better, surfing in Latin America doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, as there are many budget surf camps to choose from that offer a high-quality experience.

Here are some of the best to help you get started on your adventure:

Note: BookSurfCamps offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

 

4 Days Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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  • Skill level: Beginners & intermediate surfers
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$390

Are you craving a short getaway? Looking to learn to surf or just escape the city life for a while?

The tropical beaches in Tamarindo are among the best places to learn to surf in Costa Rica, with friendly waves that are ideal for beginners and intermediates.

The expert tuition, high-quality surfing equipment, and welcoming atmosphere of this surf camp, guarantee the ultimate Costa Rican surfing experience. Playa Tamarindo is only a five-minute walk from the hotel. Also close by, Playa Avellanas, Playa Langosta, Playa Grande, and Playa Negra offer great waves for intermediate and advanced surfers.

The package includes two two-hour surf lessons, one snorkeling trip, one yoga lesson, a free T-shirt, daily Costa Rican breakfast, and free use of the surfboards for self-practice. At the end of the camp, you’ll also receive a USB stick with pictures of you surfing.

» READ MORE: The Best Surfing Destinations in Latin America

 

4 Days Surf Vacation in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$487

Are you looking to learn to surf, improve, or ride the best waves in Costa Rica? Join this affordable surf camp in Santa Teresa and get high-quality surf lessons with local instructors.

Stay in a surf hostel in the middle of Santa Teresa, only a few steps from the beach, with access to the swimming pool, communal kitchen, and lounge area. Enjoy three surf lessons adapted to your level, with all the necessary surfing equipment provided by the camp.

Furthermore, you’ll get free board rental during your stay so you can surf as much as you want, whenever you want. You can also take advantage of the free bike rental to get around and explore the area at your own pace. The camp also provides free snorkeling equipment so that you can go diving in various locations around Santa Teresa.

On a typical day, you’ll have a filling breakfast and head out to the best waves of the day for your level. Then, you’ll have lunch and get some rest before your next activity, which can be free surfing, diving, cycling, chilling at the beach, or other activities. 

The package includes daily breakfast and a welcome smoothie.

» READ MORE: All You Need to Know About Surfing in Costa Rica

 

8 Days Surf Camp in Los Santos, Panama

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  • Skill level: Beginner & intermediate
  • Availability: January till August
  • Price: From US$495

Learn to surf away from the crowds on the remote beaches in Los Santos. This budget surf camp in Panama offers lessons for beginners and intermediate surfers. 

There will be six days of surf lessons, one and a half hours each. The instructors will be at your side every step of the way so that you can catch your first waves and improve your technique in no time. You’ll through all the essential steps of learning to surf, from paddling to popping-up, balancing on the board, surf stance, wave selection, surf etiquette, ocean safety, and more.

You’ll also get free board rental for the whole week so that you can surf as much as you wish, whenever you wish. 

The surf camp is located in the Guanico village in the Azuero Peninsula, on the southernmost point of Panama. Stay in a cabin surrounded by a peaceful tropical garden, nestled between the tourism areas of Playa Cambutal and Playa Venao. Playa Guanico Abajo is a 20-kilometer stretch of paradise, with great waves and empty line-ups. The package includes daily dinner.

» READ MORE: How to Surf & Work Remotely

 

8 Days Budget Surf Camp in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$450

Join this budget surf camp in Mexico adapted for all levels that promises a fun and safe beach holiday. During your stay, you’ll enjoy five semi-private surfing sessions of two hours each, ensuring a highly personalized experience with immediate feedback and advice for fast progress. There will also be one group coaching session.

The surfing lessons are held in both English and Spanish and are adapted to all levels and ages. The experienced instructors will assess your skill level and you’ll be divided into small groups of two participants of similar abilities.

The lodging is within walking distance from the beach and the town center with its lively bars and restaurants. Each day, you’ll be taken from the surf house to the best waves of the day depending on the conditions, a wonderful opportunity to explore a variety of different surf spots.

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the camp offers free fitness classes. These include flexibility and balance exercises, core, strength, and aerobic training, as well as plyometric sessions to improve your speed and agility.

 

3 Days Personalized Surf Experience in Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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  • Skill level: Beginner & intermediate
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$359

Looking for a short surf camp or a surf weekend? Enjoy three days at the beach unlike any other. Immerse in the real surfer lifestyle and experience the authentic Baja California surf culture.

What makes this surf camp truly unique is the fact that there’s no fixed schedule. You’ll go with the flow, surf when and where the waves are at their best.

There will be two 90-minute semi-private surf lessons. There will be a maximum of two participants per instructor, which ensures an authentic and personalized experience.

Your lodging will be only steps away from the beach and within walking distance from downtown San Jose de Cabo and its supermarkets, restaurants, and bars. The package also includes daily Mexican breakfast and one guided walk to the art district and historic center of San Jose.

» READ MORE: Your Guide to the Best Surf Spots in Mexico

 

7 Days Beginner Surf Camp in Santa Elena, Ecuador 

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$270

This Surf Camp takes place in Olon, a small coastal town with beautiful beaches where you can find some of the best waves in Ecuador and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere on this affordable surf camp.

The program includes a total of 7.5 hours of surf lessons where you’ll be introduced to surf through several courses designed to teach you different techniques of paddling, duck-diving and stand up.

You’ll also get a total of 7.5 hours of survival Spanish lessons and plenty of opportunities to practice by talking to locals while enjoying yourself in fun activities such as cooking classes, or pool games.

In terms of accommodation, you can choose between a local living program or a shared house. If you opt for the local living program, you’ll be provided with a private bedroom in a family house, as well as access to all the household appliances and services. This option is great if you wish to learn more about their culture, improve your Spanish and connect with the local community.

On the other hand, the shared house features four rooms that can accommodate from three to four people maximum, and you can either stay in a room with a private or a shared bathroom. The house is only a few steps from the beach, and it includes hot water, Wi-Fi, a kitchen and barbecue facilities.

During your free time, you can visit the towns nearby, rent a bike and explore the area through mountains and rivers, visit Montanita and enjoy its lively nightlife, or stay in Olon where you can enjoy its tranquil waves, or spend the evening in a local restaurant.

 

6 Days Surf Camp with Professionals in Huanchaco, Peru

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  • Skill level: Beginners & intermediates
  • Availability: May till December
  • Price: From US$275

It should come as no surprise that budget-friendly surf camps abound in Peru, one of the world’s most affordable surfing destinations. However, if you wish to learn to surf or take your skills to the next level under the guidance of professional surfers, this surf camp in Huanchaco might prove to be an excellent choice.

Huanchaco is home to five surf breaks for all levels, spread across over one kilometer (0.6 miles) of beaches. During this camp, you’ll stay in a family-run hostel less than five minutes away from the nearest surf spot. There are numerous restaurants nearby where you can enjoy authentic Peruvian dishes.

There will be five surf lessons of 1.5 hours each. Each lesson includes theory, safety briefing, and warm-up on the beach before getting into the water. The coaches will adapt the lessons to your skill level and the surfing conditions of the day. There will be a maximum of three students per instructor, which ensures personalized feedback and a fun and safe experience.

You’ll benefit from free equipment rental throughout your stay so you can surf for as much as you like outside the lessons. The package also includes a "Caballito de totora" tour (traditional fisher boat tour).

» READ MORE: What Will You Learn on a Surf Camp for Beginners?

 

7 Day Intermediate and Advanced Surf Camp in Florianopolis, Brazil

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  • Skill level: Intermediate & advanced
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$580

Get ready for an incredible week full of surf, fun, sun, and partying! Discover or rekindle your passion for surfing as you ride amazing waves in Florianopolis, a true surfers’ paradise.

Stay in a private studio close to the beach, with a fully-equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, balcony, and barbecue area. Enjoy six days of surf guiding at the very best surf spots in Florianopolis. The certified instructors will spend a great deal of time at your side, helping you reach your goals in a fun, safe, and comfortable environment. They’ll adapt the surf sessions to your particular skills, choosing the best waves of the day for you.

This surf package includes airport transfer from Hercílio Luz International Airport (FLN) and daily Brazilian-style breakfast.

 

6 Days Advanced Surf Camp Puerto Sandino, Leon, Nicaragua

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  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Availability: July till December
  • Price: From US$690

Take your surfing to new heights with this budget-friendly surf camp located right in front of the famous Punta Marimar point break, in a sleepy fishing village in Puerto Sandino. The surf spot gets offshore winds all day, and offers several points and beach breaks for all levels to enjoy. 

You can rest assured that you’ll have plenty of surf sessions during your stay, with boat ride access to Nicaragua's best uncrowded waves.

The surf camp has an ocean-side pool on the edge of the cliff that overlooks Punta Miramar, a skate park, a restaurant, a bar, and hammocks to relax.

The package includes all daily meals (three home-cooked meals a day, plus juice or ice tea), with fresh organic ingredients from the surf camp’s garden, while all the meat and fish are purchased locally. Roundtrip transportation from Managua or Leon is also included.

 

5 Days Surfari Exploring Cartagena, Puerto Colombia & Santa Marta in Colombia

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: July till December
  • Price: From US$547

Explore Colombia’s spectacular coastline to the fullest on this adventure-packed surfari. Visit all the famous surf spots in Colombia, from Santa Marta to Barranquilla and Cartagena. You’ll surf at Palomino, Tayrona, Playa Casagrande, Playa Los Angeles, Playa Los Naranjos, Puerto Colombia, Pradomar, Salgar, Punta Roca, Playa Gay, Villa Alcatraz, Castillo Grande, Playa Hollywod, etc. 

This affordable surfari offers lessons for beginners and guiding on the famous reef breaks for advanced surfers. All the car and boat transfers to the waves are included, as well as daily snacks.

During this surfari, you’ll stay at different accommodations in Puerto Colombia, Tayrona, Palomino, and Cartagena.

 

​*Cover image credit: Los Clavos Surf Camp


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